Portsmouth Cathedral Notices Sunday 13th January 2019


Last week was Epiphany Sunday. Magi from the East travelled to see this child whom they believed was worthy of their worship. The journey would have taken some time, the shepherds will have been long gone by the time these ‘wise’ men arrived. Journeys are interesting experiences. For most journeys we know the destination; we could be flying abroad for a holiday, driving to visit family over the Christmas period, sitting on a train commuting to work. We know where these journeys end, and hopefully we haven’t sat on the wrong train! Other journeys we might have an idea of where we want to arrive but can be unsure of exactly where. These can be more abstract; composing a piece of music or writing poetry. And then there are journeys where the destination is unknown. Life perhaps being the biggest one of this kind.

Whether known, partly known or unknown, all journeys share one thing in common; this sense of unpredictability and interruption. You may be delayed, stuck in traffic, flight cancelled. You might have thought the song would sound cheery but it took a melancholy turn half way through. You may have thought your life was comfortable and something or someone has brought a level of discomfort. Journeys are interesting things.

Canon Nick taught us last week that the important thing is that we are at least on a journey. For the wise men they began their journey searching, what they found at the end was Jesus. For most of us our journeys have had some set-backs, perhaps even some pain. But this journey through Epiphany which we in the Church of England are a part of, reminds us that in the midst of our searching; our wondering and our journeying, God has revealed himself to us in the person of Jesus. In the middle of set-backs, pain and even worry, Jesus appears to us, offering to draw alongside us and journey with us.

Do you know where you’re heading? Have a vague idea? Or completely in the dark?

We do not journey alone, we are not forgotten and not uncared for. Take time during this season of Epiphany to reflect on this truth, to seek how God is revealing himself to you in the midst of your own journey.

Reverend Matt Bray

Cathedral Curate


Canon Anthony is at Holy Trinity, Blendworth this morning.

Refreshments Coffee, mince pies and Christmas cake will be served after the 10.30am service. Donations to support Christian Aid.

The List and new Events List are available in the Cathedral or on the website.


Sachin Gunga We’re delighted to announce that our Sub-Organist, Sachin is now engaged to be married to Hannah Thomas. Congratulations to them both on this wonderful news.


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th- 25th January. We welcome The Revd Dr Will Adam, Archbishop of Canterbury’s Ecumenical Adviser and Ecumenical Officer at the Council for Christian Unity as our preacher next Sunday. More details at http://www.ctbi.org.uk/week .

The Sisters of Bethany Annual Unity Service 2.30pm Wednesday 23rd January followed by Tea. Please let the Sisters know if you will be attending on 023 9283 3498 or ssb@sistersofbethany.org.uk.

Lunchtime Live We are looking for volunteers to help provide sandwiches and hot drinks at our term-time weekly recital series on Thursdays. For further information please contact Tim Burnett in the Cathedral Offices.

Food Bank Donations Thank you to all those who have supported The Roberts Centre and the All Saints Asylum Seeker and Refugee Drop in with food donations over the Christmas period. Please continue to donate breakfast cereals, long-life milk, pasta, tins of meat based products, cleaning materials and toilet tissue. Donations can be left in the North Cloister.

Open Church If you would like to volunteer to support this initiative that will provide accommodation and meals during January and February for some of Portsmouth’s homeless in Portsmouth churches, please contact the Cathedral Offices for information and application forms.

Volunteer Shop Managers The Cathedral seeks to appoint two volunteer Shop Managers as a job share to work approximately 10-15 hours per week each or one volunteer who is able to give between 20-30 hours per week from the end of February 2019. Closing date: Wednesday 30th January, interviews Wednesday 6th February. For more information or to apply please contact the Finance Officer, nicky.taylor@portsmouthcathedral.org.uk 023 9289 2965.

Child trafficking: Understanding the Problem 7.30pm–9pm Tuesday 29th January. St Wilfrid’s Church, Cowplain, PO8 8DZ are hosting an awareness raising evening hosted by Love146. For further details see Love416 event .


Muslim Christian Evening 7.00pm this Tuesday. Please join us for this important evening of friendship, music, prayer and food with our friends from the Wessex Jamaat. The evening will include a presentation on the Charter for Compassion https://charterforcompassion.org/charter laying out some questions about what this might have to say to our faith communities. Please sign the sheet in the Welcome Area if you can join us and bring vegetarian food to share.

Lunchtime Live 1.10pm Thursday 17th January. Bassoonery (bassoon and piano), free with retiring collection. Refreshments available from 12.30pm.

January Film Nights Friday 18th - 7.30pm “The Greatest Showman”; Saturday 19th - 6.20pm “Sister Act” and 8.30pm “The Life of Brian”. Tickets available only from https://www.derbyquad.co.uk £11 adults, £9 concessions. Family ticket (2 adults and 2 children) £32.

Creative Spirituality Evening 7.30pm Tuesday 22nd January. All are welcome to join Sharon Court for two hours of dedicated space and time to be creative and reflective in Portsmouth Cathedral.

Cathedral Club 2.45pm Thursday 24th January in Becket Hall. Andrew Negus, a Cathedral Guide (A History of Portsmouth, Part 2). Donation £1. Tea/coffee available.

‘Sea of Souls’ Hermitage Artist’s Reception 7.00pm Thursday 24th January. A unique opportunity to hear about behind the scenes aspects of Pete Codling’s art residency and to learn more about the stories which evoked each section of the finished work. The exhibition of charcoal and pencil ‘Time’ themed drawings suspended in the Nave runs from 24th January until 26th February.

Fish & Chip Quiz Night 7.00pm on Friday 25th January in Becket Hall. Proceeds in aid of Solent Mind. Tickets £12.00. Vegetarian option available. Food from the Fisherman’s Kitchen in Southsea. Tickets are now available from the Cathedral Shop until Wednesday 23rd January.

Taizé-style Night Prayer 8.00pm Sunday 27th January and the last Sunday of each month except for August and December.

Handel’s Messiah Tickets for the performance of Messiah by the Cathedral Choir and The Capelle Baroque Orchestra at 7.30pm on Saturday 2nd March will be available from the Cathedral Shop and Eventbrite from late January.


All those in need including: Brian, Roger, Derek, Jane, Stuart, Gita, Jenny, Freya Donald and Mandy.

And those who have died: Dorothy Gregory, Valerie Boxall and Len Pearcey RIP.

For complete listing of this week’s notices click here

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